Wednesday, October 30, 2019
KANSAS CITY MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS: ANTI-VIOLENCE OR ANTI-GUN RIGHTS?!?!
Today's legislative push from Mayor Quinton Lucas played well inside of his bubble of supporters but might earn greater skepticism from hard-line advocates of Constitutional gun rights.
And so we ask:
IS MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS ATTACKING 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS EVEN MORE VICIOUSLY THAN HIS PREDECESSOR?!?!
Juxtaposition . . .
Mayor Sly's gun rights legislation was more ambitious but unlikely and easily shut down by Missouri politicos. Credit where it's due, Mayor Quinton Lucas has a better understanding of City Hall ordinances and federal gun legislation. He seems to be focused on GUN TAKEAWAYS where enforcement has been theoretically lacking.
Here's his explanation:
"This morning, I visited Rose Brooks Center to hear from survivors of domestic abuse and announce my latest ordinance that would keep guns out of the hands of perpetrators.
"I’m proud that we’ve been able to highlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month by introducing important and creative policy such as this, and I’m grateful to Rose Brooks for their partnership in crafting this ordinance."
News roundup . . .
KCTV5: Kansas City mayor introduces gun proposal to keep firearms away from domestic abusers
KSHB: The ordinance would allow police to arrest a person carrying a firearm who has been convicted of domestic violence, whether a felony or misdemeanor, or who has been issued a restraining order.
Fox4: "Similarly the ordinances involving minors, this is another example of a federal law that's already on the books but simply isn't being enforced on the local level. Federal prosecutors rarely pursue these cases since they are relatively minor to other cases."
Again, in theory this effort doesn't accomplish anything new but, once again begs the question:
WHO IS GOING TO ENFORCE MAYOR QUINTON'S NEW ANTI-GUN LEGISLATION GIVEN THAT KANSAS CITY DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH POLICE ON THE STREETS?!?!
"Fifty years ago, the Kansas City Police Department had a goal to reach 1,500 officers. That goal was never met, and today the department still remains far short of that number."
The goal was actually to put those officers on the streets and not just include office workers and administrators in the total. So current department stats on manpower are actually horribly skewed and the KCPD is far more enthusiastic about spending on more surveillance gadgets that also helps to track political opposition.
More to the point . . .
MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS TOUTS LEGISLATION THAT'S UNPROVEN TO STOP CRIME BUT HAS SO FAR DRAGGED HIS FEET IN WORKING TO HIRE MORE COPS!!!
Accordingly, the level of local murder so far in 2019 demonstrates that a political solution is unlikely to be effective in addressing Kansas City violence when the reality is that city hall has always had trouble allocating resources and doing much beyond press releases.
You decide . . .